Diocesan press releases

Church to become ‘the people’s space’ thanks to refurbishment

Following its recent ‘face-lift’, St Augustine’s Church in Rumney is holding an open day for people to come along and find out more about what this fantastic space can offer them.

A major programme of restoration and refurbishment has been undertaken and everyone is invited to come along this Saturday (May 5) between 10am-4pm to explore the beautiful and historic church.

Fr John Connell, Parish Priest of St Augustine’s, says: “We are delighted to hold another Open Day in our wonderfully restored church to show the local community what work we have undertaken during the past year.

“As well as important repairs to the fabric of the building, ensuring it is still standing for future generations, we have also returned the nave of the church to its original purpose as ‘the people’s space’, where social and community events can be held as well as our daily round of services.”

St Augustine’s, built in 1108, now has beautiful, but moveable pews made of English oak, replacing the old and worn pitch pine pews which were fixed to the floor.  The new pews can be moved into different positions or alternatively stacked away to create a large open space.

The church is now more comfortable, lighter and brighter and has new facilities for serving light refreshments and is fully accessible for wheelchair-users. And for the first time in over 910 years, St Augustine’s has a toilet in church, and it’s fully wheel-chair accessible too!

The open day offers the chance to explore the beautiful stained glass, find out more about the history of the church, see how the bells are rung (in the afternoon), look at old photographs of the church, examine ancient records, see what St Augustine’s offers for children and enjoy fresh coffee or tea and home-make cake.

The clergy team will be on hand to answer any questions, maybe about using the church for important family occasions such as weddings or maybe holding a community meeting or event.

There will be information about the church’s growing choir, including its chorister programme for children and plans for a new organ, the further work which will hopefully be undertaken in the chancel, and how you might be able to help with fundraising.

For further information please contact Fr John Connell on 07798586811 or frjohnparishofrumney@gmail.com